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Juilliard Vocal Arts Announces its 2010-2011 Vocal Arts and Opera Season

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Juilliard's Vocal Arts Program opens its 2010-2011 season with Juilliard Opera's first collaboration with Juilliard's Historical Performance program in a production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) directed by Juilliard faculty member, Edward Berkeley, with early music expert and artistic director of The English Concert, Harry Bicket, conducting singers from Juilliard Opera and musicians from Juilliard's Historical Performance program. Performances take place on Wednesday, November 17 and Friday, November 19 at 8 PM and Sunday, November 21 at 2 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The opera, which had its premiere in 1643, is in three acts and is set in ancient Rome. The characters include Nero, the Roman emperor; Poppea, his lover; Ottone, Poppea's fiancé; Drusilla, who is in love with Ottone; and Octavia, Nero's wife.

Edward Berkeley is director of undergraduate opera studies at Juilliard and teaches Shakespeare at Circle in the Square Theater. He is artistic director of New York's Willow Cabin Theater Company, where he directed the Tony Award and Drama Desk-nominated Wilder, Wilder, Wilder and productions for which he received numerous awards. He directed Beatrice and Benedict at the New York Philharmonic and John Adams' El Niño with the Atlanta Symphony and at Ravinia. He also has directed at the Library of Congress, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Old Globe Theater. As director of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, he has directed classics as well as new operas by Bright Sheng, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Torke, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Bernard Rands. In New York, Mr. Berkeley directed Juilliard's premiere of New Rorem's Our Town, Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face and The Kaiser from Atlantis (which he also directed in L.A., Miami, Houston, Spoleto and at Ravinia).

Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of the Baroque and Classical repertoire; in September 2007 he took up the position of artistic director of The English Concert, one of the U.K.'s finest period orchestras. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University. He is an accomplished harpsichordist. Mr. Bicket made his Glyndebourne Festival debut in 1996 with Peter Sellars' landmark production of Theodora and returned in 1999 and 2003. In 2004, Mr. Bicket began his relationship with the Metropolitan Opera with an acclaimed new production of Rodelinda that starred Renée Fleming and David Daniels, and he was immediately re-engaged for Giulio Cesare (2006-07) and La clemenza di Tito (2008). Mr. Bicket has a strong following in Europe and North America and has appeared widely with period orchestras and ensembles, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Handel and Haydn Society, as well as festivals such as Glimmerglass, Spoleto, Aspen and Santa Fe. He also has recently enjoyed great success with leading mainstream symphonic orchestras.

The season continues with a Juilliard Opera production of Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias) directed by Emma Griffin and conducted by Mark Shapiro. Performances take place on Monday, December 6, Wednesday, December 8, and Friday, December 10 at 8 PM and Sunday, December 12 at 2 PM in Juilliard's intimate Willson Theater. Poulenc's opera bouffe premiered in 1947 at the Opéra Comique in Paris. The libretto was written by Poulenc himself after a play by  Guillaume Apollinaire. Limited, FREE tickets will be available about two weeks before the production.

Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director based in New York City. She is a frequent collaborator on new music/theater pieces. Her opera credits include Wozzeck at the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater; The Rake's Progress, Postcard from Morocco and Die Zauberflöte at Curtis Opera Theater. She is the artistic director of the Obie-award winning Salt Theater. Ms. Griffin is an adjunct faculty member at NYU, where she teaches directing.

The versatile conductor Mark Shapiro enjoys working with orchestras, opera companies, and choruses. A recipient of four ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, Dr. Shapiro is music director of the Opera Company of Middlebury and artistic director of Cantori New York and the Monmouth Civic Chorus. Upcoming engagements include a performance of a version of Handel's Saul in the 5000-seat Roman amphitheater at Vaison-la-Romaine, France. Recent appearances have included Zankel Hall with American Opera Projects, and Le Poisson Rouge with the Gotham Early Music Scene. Other engagements have included the Cygnus Ensemble, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, The Actors Studio, Two River Theater, Center for Contemporary Opera, Banff Centre, Metro Lyric Opera, and PBS, where he was heard conducting the soundtrack for Ric Burns' special on New York City. Dr. Shapiro has been a guest conductor of the Bridgeport Symphony and the Nova Sinfonia chamber orchestra of Halifax. He is director of the conductor training program at the European-American Musical Alliance, a summer academy in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger that takes place each year in Paris. He is a faculty member of Mannes College and is a member of the music department at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University.

Juilliard Opera presents a double bill in the spring featuring Ravel's L'heure espagnole (The Spanish Hour) and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi on Wednesday, April 27 and Friday, April 29 at 8 PM, and Sunday, May 1 at 2 PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The production is directed by Tomer Zvulun. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the Juilliard Opera singers and the Juilliard Orchestra.  Ravel's one act opera had its premiere in Paris at the Opéra Comique in 1911. Puccini's one act opera is based on a passage from Dante's Inferno. It premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1918.

Stage director Tomer Zvulun is quickly emerging as one of opera's most exciting young directors. He currently is in his third season on the directing staff of the Metropolitan Opera, having previously served on the directing staffs of New York City Opera and Seattle Opera. He recently directed a string of new productions in leading opera companies in the U.S. He returned to the Atlanta Opera where he directed a new co-production of Die Zauberflöte, which was premiered at Indiana University Opera Theater; and he returned to Opera Cleveland where he directed a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, designed by Erhard Rom. Later this year, he will make his Seattle Opera directing debut with another new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. In 2011 and beyond, he directs a new production of Faust for Indiana University and will make his Austin Lyric Opera debut with a production of l'Italiana in Algieri. Mr. Zvulun began his career at the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, serving as an assistant director and production manager. He returns to Israel this summer to direct a new production of Gianni Schicchi.

Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson made her Los Angeles Opera debut conducting La Rondine in June 2008. She divides her conducting career between symphony orchestras and opera productions. In recent seasons, she has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony. Ms. Wilson also made debuts at the Leipzig Opera with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in a new production of Madama Butterfly; the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago conducting Madama Butterfly; with the Toscanini Symphony in various Italian theaters conducting a new production of Rigoletto; and at the opening of the restored opera house in Ancona conducting a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor.

Tickets to Juilliard Opera productions are $30 and are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, as well as through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, five weeks in advance of the production. Half-price student and senior citizen tickets are available with a valid ID at the Juilliard Box Office. TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard's Web site at www.juilliard.edu.

 

Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital

Juilliard's 14th Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital takes place on Tuesday, November 30 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall and features tenor Paul Appleby, a National Winner of the 2009 Met Opera National Council Auditions, accompanied by Juilliard Vocal Arts Artistic Director and pianist, Brian Zeger. Created with a permanently endowed grant from the Alice Tully Foundation, the Vocal Arts Debut Recital provides an important public debut for a young singer on the threshold of a professional career.

Tenor Paul Appleby is a 2010 graduate of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at Juilliard, where he most recently performed the roles of the Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, under the baton of Anne Manson, and Martin in Copland's The Tender Land, conducted by David Effron. He is in his second year of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Other recent performances include Fenton in Falstaff with Juilliard Opera conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, Agenore in Il Re Pastore with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis under the baton of Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Eumete in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria at the Wolf Trap Opera Company with Gary Wedow. As a recitalist, Mr. Appleby performs extensively with pianist Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song. He has performed recitals for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Judith Raskin memorial concert, and the Joy in Singing Foundation. Mr. Appleby is a National Winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a recipient of a 2009 Sara Tucker grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He a master of music degree in 2008 from Juilliard and holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and music from the University of Notre Dame.

Brian Zeger has built an important career not only as a pianist, appearing in distinguished concert venues throughout the United States and Europe, but also as an ensemble performer par excellence, radio broadcaster, artistic administrator and educator. In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Zeger has enjoyed collaborations with many of the world's top artists, including Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Battle, Arleen Auger, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Adrianne Pieczonka, Hei-Kyung Hong, Juliane Banse, and Joyce DiDonato. Recent and upcoming engagements include recitals with Deborah Voigt, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, and René Pape. Mr. Zeger also enjoys an active career as a chamber musician. In addition to his distinguished concert career, Mr. Zeger also serves as artistic director of the Vocal Arts Department at Juilliard, director of the vocal program at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival and has recently taken on the role of executive director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program.

Tickets to the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital are $30 and will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, as well as through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, five weeks in advance of the production. Half-price student and senior citizen tickets will be available with a valid ID at the Juilliard Box Office. TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard's Web site at www.juilliard.edu.

 

New York Festival of Song

Steve Blier, Juilliard faculty member and artistic director of New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), and Michael Barrett, associate director of NYFOS and general director of Caramoor, have for the last five seasons featured Juilliard singers in a co-presentation with Juilliard, at Juilliard, for a mid-winter edition of the popular New York Festival of Song series. On Wednesday, January 12 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, they present Road Trip, an American travelogue from New England to the deep South, and from the midwest to Texas and California. Juilliard singers perform songs by Kurt Weill, Emmerich Kálmán, Cole Porter, Arthur Schwartz, Irving Berlin, and many others. FREE tickets will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Vocal Arts Honors Recital

Juilliard's annual Vocal Arts Honors Recital takes place on Wednesday, October 6 at 8 PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater and features mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall  with collaborative pianist Erika Switzer and baritone John Brancy with collaborative pianist Renate Rohlfing. Ms. Hall is in her second and final year of the Artist Diploma program, and Mr. Brancy is in his final year of the undergraduate program. Both singers were nominated by Juilliard's Vocal Arts faculty and selected by a group of distinguished judges. The Vocal Arts Honors Recital provides an important opportunity for Juilliard singers to perform before the general public. FREE tickets will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Liederabend and Songbook

Juilliard's Liederabend and Songbook series showcase singers from Juilliard's Vocal Arts Department in performances of song literature.

Liederabend performances pair singers with students from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano Department and take place at 6 PM on Thursdays on October 14, November 4, December 9, February 3, February 24, and March 31 in Paul Hall. FREE; no tickets are required.

Juilliard Songbook performances, in which singers are supported by faculty pianists, will take place on Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25 at 6 PM in Morse Hall. FREE; no tickets are required.

 

Wednesdays at One

Juilliard presents its Wednesdays at One series each week in Alice Tully Hall throughout the school year. The series features FREE hour-long lunchtime concerts performed by Juilliard artists. Juilliard singers are featured on December 1 at 1 PM and March 30 at 1 PM in Alice Tully Hall. FREE; no tickets are required.

 

About Juilliard Vocal Arts

One of America's most prestigious programs for educating singers, The Juilliard School's Department of Vocal Arts offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. From bachelor and master of music degrees to advanced artist diploma programs in voice and opera studies, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center's stages, and around New York City. Juilliard Opera has presented numerous premieres of new operas as well as works from the standard repertoire.

This season, the Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard begin a collaboration to educate and train the finest young opera singers and accompanists, preparing them for careers in the world's great opera houses. The collaboration was announced in 2008 by Peter Gelb, the Met's General Manager, and Joseph W. Polisi, President of Juilliard. The program includes a joint production conducted by Maestro Levine.

Juilliard graduates may be heard in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as John Aler, Julie Boulianne, Sasha Cooke, Faith Esham, Simon Estes, Renée Fleming, Anthony Dean Griffey, Barbara Hendricks, Hei-Kyung Hong, GwendolynKillebrew,Michael Maniaci, Susanne Mentzer, Leona Mitchell, Leontyne Price, Florence Quivar, Neil Rosenshein, Emalie Savoy, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, Shirley Verrett, Veronica Villarroel, Robert White, and Jennifer Zetlan, among others.

 

2010-2011 JUILLIARD VOCAL ARTS AND OPERA

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  

Vocal Arts Honors Recital

Wednesday, October 6, 8 PM, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater

John Brancy, baritone, and Renate Rohlfing, piano

Cecelia Hall, mezzo-soprano, and Erika Switzer, piano

FREE tickets will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Juilliard Opera

 

Monteverdi's I'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea)

The Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Wednesday, November 17, 8 PM

Friday, November 19, 8 PM

Sunday, November 21, 2 PM

Director: Edward Berkeley

Conductor: Harry Bicket

 

Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital

Tuesday, November 30, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Paul Appleby, tenor, and Brian Zeger, piano

Tickets for this recital are $30 and are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, as well as through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, five weeks in advance of the production. Half-price student and senior citizen tickets are available with a valid ID at the Juilliard Box Office. TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard's Web site at www.juilliard.edu.

 

Wednesdays at One

December 1, 1 PM, Alice Tully Hall

March 30, 1 PM, Alice Tully Hall

FREE; no tickets are required.

 

Juilliard Opera

Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias)

Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater

Monday, December 6, 8 PM

Wednesday, December 8, 8 PM

Friday, December 10, 8 PM

Sunday, December 12, 2 PM

Director: Emma Griffin

Conductor: Mark Shapiro

 

 New York Festival of Song

Road Trip

Wednesday, January 12 at 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

An American travelogue from New England to the deep South, and from the midwest to Texas and California. Juilliard singers perform songs by Kurt Weill, Emmerich Kálmán, Cole Porter, Arthur Schwartz, Irving Berlin, and others.

FREE tickets will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.

 

Juilliard Songbook

March 24 and 25 at 6 PM in Morse Hall

Free; no tickets are required.

 

Juilliard Opera

Ravel's L'heure espagnole (The Spanish Hour)

Puccini's Gianni Schicchi

Wednesday, April 27, 8 PM

Friday, April 29, 8 PM

Sunday, May 1, 8 PM

The Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Director: Tomer Zvulun

Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson

 

Tickets to Juilliard Opera productions are $30 are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, as well as through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, five weeks in advance of the production. Half-price student and senior citizen tickets are available with a valid ID at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. TDF vouchers are accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard's Web site at www.juilliard.edu.

 

Juilliard Liederabend Throughout the season on Thursdays at 6 PM on October 14, November 4, December 9, February 3, February 24, March 31. FREE; no tickets are required.

Juilliard Opera is supported by the vision and generous lead funding of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and its Chairman, Dr. Haruhisa Handa.